Jacob's Ladder

14th century
Pomposa Abbey, Codorigo, Italy

This panel of the Old Testament frescoes at Pomposa pictures Genesis 28:10-15. Jacob sleeps with his head resting on a stone and dreams of a ladder with angels coming and going between Heaven and Earth. Then the Lord (here pictured as an angel) stands by his side and promises that the land where he is lying will be for him and his descendants, who will be as numerous as the dust of the earth.

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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.